Led by Diane Elkins
10:45-12:00 Eastern time, Wednesday, February 20
Many learners want shorter nuggets of content. It can be challenging, however, for instructional designers to fit everything they need to do into five- to seven-minute chunks. If you’re not careful, the lessons can end up being mostly teaching, and what gets lost is the chance for learners to practice the skills being taught and the chance to apply the new skills to their own situation.
In this session, you’ll walk through a case study of 30 microlessons (built in 30 days) that focus primarily on practice and application. You’ll learn how to keep the formal learning part to a minimum so you can give learners a chance to try techniques out for themselves and even apply them to their own lives immediately, before ever even leaving the course. You’ll get to see real-life examples of award-winning formats of microlearning, including branching scenarios, skills and drills, games, and application activities. You’ll even get a chance to walk through a simple flowchart to help you create your own microlessons.
As an active participant in this session, you will learn to focus microlearning designs on practice and application, pick a targeted topic that can be explored in a short period of time, design opportunities for learners to apply techniques to their own lives, and incorporate teaching points throughout an interaction, rather than use the “teach then quiz” model.
This session will be led by Diane Elkins, who will draw on her decades of experience designing effective learning.
Diane Elkins is the co-owner of E-Learning Uncovered, which provides training and resources to e-learning developers, and Artisan E-Learning, a custom e-learning development company specializing in Articulate Studio, Storyline, Lectora, and Captivate. She has built a reputation as a national e-learning expert by being a frequent speaker at major industry events such as ATD ICE, ATD TechKnowledge, DevLearn, and Learning Solutions. She is also the co-author of the popular E-Learning Uncovered book series as well as E-Learning Fundamentals: A Practical Guide from ATD Press. She is a past board member of the Northeast Florida and Metro DC chapters of ATD.